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Eng vs NZ: England pacers run through New Zealand top order to kickstart Ben Stokes-McCullum era at Lord’s


The old horses of England, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, ran through the New Zealand batting line-up, reducing them to 12/4 inside the first 10 overs.

Ben Stokes’ era begins in a lovely note in the first Test of English summer. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • England started off their campaign under Ben Stokes
  • McCullum era started on a good note with England showing aggressive intent
  • Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson started off proceedings for England

England cricket team kickstarted their international summer with the best possible start against New Zealand, reducing them to 12/4 inside the first 10 overs. Playing their first game under the tutelage of Brendon McCullum, England showed aggressive intent, placing five catchers behind the stumps.

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The New Zealand batters were invited to drive the ball with no cover fielder to be seen in the vicinity, something that led to their downfall. England started off with the trusted combination of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson that had an instant impact on the game. Both players were dropped from the previous series against West India with the England administration looking to move on from the veterans, but the captaincy change turned the plans on their heads.

Since made captain, Ben Stokes has spoken highly of both the veterans and has pitted them as his go to bowlers if they are able to remain fit throughout the season. Stokes drew praises from the commentators on air for his tightly packed slip cordon and the choice to not keep a single protection in the cover region. The plan reaped rewards in the third over itself with Anderson picking up the wicket of Will Young. He was able to dismiss Tom Latham as well.

Debutant Matthew Potts picked up his maiden wicket, bowling his very first over in international cricket. He removed the returning Kane Williamson, bowling a peach of a delivery outside the off stump. The full length ball was edged by the New Zealand captain and was picked up behind the wickets by Ben Foakes.

At the time of writing, England were struggling at 21/4 in 15.2 overs.





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